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Which of the following sets of adverse effects is most likely to occur from this treatment? A 72-year-old man, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, has been prescribed a drug which might help to slow the progression of her symptoms.



A. Hypertension, palpitations
B. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
C. Dry mouth, anhydrosis
D. Drowsiness, lethargy
E. Mydriasis, cycloplegia
Asked by Sienna, Last updated: Jul 23, 2018

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea-answer: b (brunton, pp 539, koda-kimble pp.100-7) the drugs most frequently used in alzheimers disease are cholinesterase inhibitors like donepezil, rivastigmine etc. even if these drugs preferentially inhibit acetylcholinesterase in the cns, they can cause most of the adverse effects shared by all cholinergic drugs, which are due to activation of cholinergic receptors. effects affecting the gastrointestinal tract (nausea vomiting and diarrhea) are the most common. a, c, d, e) actually these effects are caused by antimuscarinic drugs, not by cholinergic drugs.
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